5 Good Reasons to Teach your Baby to Swim
Teaching your baby to swim is a life skill that will stay with them forever. But€¦ there are other reasons for teaching your baby to swim. Swimkidz Hampshire and Surrey outline the reasons to get swimming with your baby.
When should I start swimming with my baby?
Swimkidz recommend taking your baby swimming as soon as you feel ready to get in the pool -normally at around six weeks. The reason Swimkidz recommend starting as early as possible is because, the younger your baby is the happier they are likely to be. Don't forget, they've only just left the comfort of your womb, so being in warm water will still feel entirely natural.
Parents often tell Swimkidz that their swimming classes with Swimkidz are the highlight of their week, seeing their little ones make progress and move happily underwater is so amazing. There are psychological benefits too, swimming lessons help babies become more confident and provide them with a sense of relaxation.
Did you know that 75% of brain development occurs in the first three years of a little one's life? So whilst you are bouncing around the pool you are also strengthening your baby's vestibular and neurological system. Muscle symmetry is improved preparing babies for their next developmental stages i.e. crawling and walking. Additionally, experiences in water allow little ones to better develop their psychomotor skills because there they can move more freely and begin to understand concepts of distance and movement.
Better Eating & Sleeping Pattern
Movements created in warm water stimulate babies appetites. The most primitive of involuntary reflexes is the €˜Amphibian Reflex', you will see them move vigorously, which occurs every time a baby is placed in water and is most noticeable at bath time. This not only helps to strengthen muscles but is the reason why parents will tell you their little ones sleep well after swimming.
Swimming provides the perfect bonding experience, Dad's get involved more so than any other activity and often see it as their €˜daddy/baby' bonding time. Swimming is also a really sociable activity giving you and your baby the perfect opportunity to make lots of new friends, many of whom you'll keep for life!
The most important reason for bringing your baby swimming is that you will be teaching them a core life skill that could one day prove invaluable. Life saving techniques can be taught from the very first lesson. Drowning is still the 3rd greatest cause of death in young children with many cases occurring close the water's edge. Children who have been taught from an early age have a better chance of survival.
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